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Report on MSC 96

Introduction 

The Committee on Maritime Safety had its ninety sixth session from 11 May to 20 May 2016, which took place in the IMO headquarters in London. 
This report provides an overview on main points and results of the agenda items discussed. 

Agenda 
 

1 Adoption of the agenda; report on credentials
2 Decisions of other IMO bodies
3 Consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments
4 Measures to enhance maritime security
5 Goal-based new ship construction standards
6 Passenger ship safety
7 Mandatory instrument and/or provisions addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages
8 Ship systems and equipment (report of the second session and urgent matters emanating from the third session of the Sub-Committee)
9 Implementation of IMO Instruments (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee)
10 Carriage of cargoes and containers (report of the second session of the Sub-Committee)
11 Ship design and construction (report of the third session of the Sub-Committee)
12 Human element, training and watchkeeping (report of the third session of the Sub-Committee)
13 Pollution prevention and response (report of the third session of the Sub-Committee)
14 Navigation, communications, search and rescue (urgent matters emanating from the third session of the Sub-Committee)
15 Capacity building for the implementation of new measures
16 Formal safety assessment, including general cargo ship safety
17 Piracy and armed robbery against ships
18 Unsafe mixed migration by sea
19 Analysis and consideration of recommendations to reduce administrative burdens in IMO instruments including those identified by the SG-RAR
20 Implementation of instruments and related matters
21 Relations with other organizations
22 Application of the Committee's Guidelines
23 Work programme
24 Any other business
25 Consideration of the report of the Committee on its ninety-sixth session


Adopted Resolutions and of the approved Circulars 

List of adopted resolutions and list of approved circulars: 

Highlights 

The Committee confirmed that the information provided by the 12 IACS Members demonstrates that, in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-1/3-10.3, their rules conform to the International goal-based ship construction standards for bulk carriers and oil tankers (resolution MSC.287(87)) (GBS Standards); and that ships contracted under the current Submitters' verified rules are deemed to meet the GBS Standards. 
The aforesaid regulation II-1/3-10.3 that implements GBS was adopted with Resolution MSC.290(87) and applies to oil tankers of 150 m in length and above and to bulk carriers of 150 m in length and above, constructed with single deck, top-side tanks and hopper side tanks in cargo spaces, excluding ore carriers and combination carriers: 

  1. for which the building contract is placed on or after 1 July 2016; 
  2. in the absence of a building contract, the keels of which are laid or which are at a similar stage of construction on or after 1 July 2017; or 
  3. the delivery of which is on or after 1 July 2020. 

(Re. MSC.1/Circ.1518) 

Consideration and adoption of Amendments to Mandatory Instruments (item 3) 
(WP.6 and WP.6/Add.1)) 

The Committee: 
. adopted amendments to chapter III of the 1974 SOLAS Convention (Resolution MSC.404(96)) together with the Requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear(Resolution MSC.402(96))(entry into force 1 January 2020). 

These amendments to regulations III/3 and III/20, on operational readiness, maintenance and inspections, are to make the provisions of MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1 mandatory and the a.m. Requirements clarify that: 

  1. Weekly and monthly inspections and routine maintenance as specified in the equipment maintenance manual(s), shall be conducted by authorised service providers, or by shipboard personnel under the direction of a senior ship's officer in accordance with the maintenance manual(s). 
  2. Annual thorough examinations and operational tests, as described in section 6.2 of the annex of resolution MSC.402(96), shall be conducted by certified personnel of either the manufacturer or an authorised service provider in accordance with section 7 and section 8 of the annex of resolution MSC.402(96). The service provider may be the ship operator provided that it is authorised in accordance with section 3 and section 7 of the annex of resolution MSC.402(96). 
  3. Five-year thorough examination, any overhaul, overload operational tests, as described in section 6.3 of the annex of resolution MSC.402(96), and repair shall be conducted by certified personnel of either the manufacturer or an authorised service provider in accordance with section 7 and section 8of the annex of resolution MSC.402(96). 
  • adopted amendments to chapter II-2 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention (Resolution MSC.404(96)), as well as adopted a new chapter 17 (Helicopter Facilities Foam Firefighting Appliances) and amendments to chapter 8 (Sprinkler systems, Special attention to be paid to the specification of water quality provided by the system manufacturer to prevent internal corrosion of sprinklers and clogging or blockage arising from products of corrosion or scale-forming minerals) of the FSS Code (Resolution MSC.403(96))(entry into force 1 January 2020). 


Amendments to Regulations II-2/3 and II-2/18 clarify that ships having a helicopter landing area shall be provided with foam firefighting appliances which comply with the relevant provisions of the new chapter 17 of the FSS Code. 
Amendments to Regulation II-2/13 on evacuation analysis: this requirement extends the requirement for an evacuation analysis to passenger ships other than ro-ro passenger ships, carrying more than 36 passengers, constructed on or after the date of entry into force of the amendments. In this context, it was clarified that ro-ro passenger ships that have had their escape routes evaluated by an evacuation analysis, in accordance with SOLAS regulation II-2/13.7.4 or the earlier SOLAS regulation II-2/28-1.3, need not be re-evaluated, and that no further modifications to SOLAS regulation II-2/13.3.2.7.1.1 were required. 

  • adopted amendments to the 2011 ESP Code (Resolution MSC.405(96)) (entry into force 1/01/2018); 
  • adopted amendment 38-16 to the IMDG Code (Resolution MSC.406(96)) (entry into force 1/01/2018); 
  • adopted amendments to the 2009 MODU Code (Paragraph 9.16 – Provisions for helicopter facilities, to refer to the new ch.17 of the FSS Code) (Resolution MSC.407(96), recommended application 1/01/2020)). 
  • approved the proposed amendments to the introduction of the 2008 IS Code regarding ships engaged in anchor handling operations, with a view to adoption at MSC 97; 
  • approved, in principle, the proposed amendments to part B of the 2008 IS Code regarding ships engaged in anchor handling operations, with a view to approval at MSC 97, in conjunction with the adoption of the proposed amendments to the introduction of the Code; 
  • approved the proposed amendments to the STCW Convention related to the Polar Code, with a view to adoption at MSC 97; 
  • approved the proposed amendments to part A of the STCW Code, with a view to adoption at MSC 97; 
  • approved, in principle, the proposed amendments to part B of the STCW Code, with a view to approval at MSC 97, in conjunction with the adoption of the proposed amendments to the 1978 STCW Convention and part A of the STCW Code; 
  • approved MSC.1/Circ.1547 "Guidance on the application of SOLAS regulation II-1/3-12 for ships delivered before 1 July 2018" which clarifies the application of SOLAS regulation II-1/3-12 (protection against noise), as provided in resolution MSC.338(91), to ships for which the building contract is placed before 1 July 2014, the keels of which are laid or which are at a similar stage of construction on or after 1 January 2015 and delivered before 1 July 2018. 
  • approved draft amendments to SOLAS regulation II-1/3-12 (protection against noise) with a view to subsequent adoption at MSC 97. 

Maritime Security (item 4) (WP 9) 

The Committee: 

  • Noting that there was an urgent need to raise awareness on cyber risk threats and vulnerabilities, approved the draft Guidelines on Maritime cyber risk management, as Interim MSC Guidelines (could be replaced by a joint FAL/MSC circular once the work of FAL 41 on facilitation aspects was completed). 

Goal-based new ship construction standards ( item 5) (WP 8 ) 

The Committee: 

  • approved the timetable and schedule of activities for the implementation of the GBS verification scheme; 
  • noted the progress made on the further development of draft Interim Guidelines for development and application of IMO goal-based standards safety level approach. 

Mandatory instrument and/or provisions addressing safety standards for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages (item 7, WP.7) 

After an in-depth discussion, the Committee agreed on the following principles: 

  1. a new chapter to SOLAS should be developed solely for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel; 
  2. the above new chapter should be supported by a new Code, which could have elements of the 2008 SPS and HSC Codes, as appropriate; and .3 the number of industrial personnel being transported should be the basis for applying the new SOLAS requirements. 


The Committee, in approving the ad-hoc WG report: 

  • Considered the draft Recommendation for the carriage of more than 12 industrial personnel on board vessels engaged on international voyages, and the associated draft MSC resolution (the so-called interim solution) as proposed by the WG but could not approve it at this stage given the complexity of the issue, and deferred this to MSC 97; 
  • endorsed the outline of the draft new chapter [XV] of SOLAS that will make mandatory an Industrial Personnel Code to be developed; 
  • noted the roadmap, including the priorities, time frames, responsibilities and long- and short-term objectives, for the work to be accomplished,for further consideration at MSC 97; 

Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) (item 8) 

The Committee: 

  • approved draft amendments to SOLAS regulations II-2/1 and II-2/10, that delete the requirement for a 135 l foam extinguisher for domestic boilers of less than 175 kW, or for boilers protected by fixed water-based local application fire-extinguishing systems. 

Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) (item 9) 

the Committee approved draft amendment to SOLAS chapter XI-1 introducing a new regulation XI-1/2-1, on harmonisation of survey periods of cargo ships not subject to the ESP Code. 

Carriage of cargoes and containers (CCC) (item 10) 

the Committee approved a draft amendment to paragraph 3.2.5 of the IGC Code, that, in effect, align the requirements of the IGC Code with the requirement for fire-rated windows on tankers in SOLAS chapter II-2, which does not apply to wheelhouse windows, with a view to adoption at MSC 97. 

Ship Design and Construction (SDC) (item 11) 

The Committee: 

  • approved draft amendments to SOLAS chapter II-1 on subdivision and damage stability regulations, regarding the required subdivision index "R" for passenger ships (as proposed by SDC 3), with a view to subsequent adoption at MSC 97, and agreed that the application date of the aforementioned amendments will be 1 January 2020. 
  • having agreed, in principle, to the draft MSC circular on Early implementation of the acceptance of the use of butterfly valves on cargo ships , decided to approve it at its next session, in conjunction with the associated SOLAS amendments. 
  • also adopted amendments to chapter 2 of the 2008 SPS Code, related to the reference to the current index formula. (Resolution MSC.408(96)). 
  • approved draft amendments to SOLAS regulation II-1/1.2, the draft new SOLAS regulation II-1/19-1 and draft amendments to regulations III/1.4, III/30 and III/37 mandatingdamage control drills for passenger ships


Work Programme (item 23) 

Some New items added: 

  • Amendments to SOLAS regulations II- 2/20.2 and II-2/20-1 to clarify the fire safety requirements for cargo spaces containing vehicles with fuel in their tanks for their own propulsion (CCC). 
  • Develop guidance on definition and harmonisation of the format and structure of Maritime Service Portfolios (MSPs) (NCSR). 
  • Review SOLAS chapters IV and appendix (Certificates: Forms P, R and C) to accommodate additional mobile satellite systems (NCSR). 
  • Uniform implementation of paragraph 6.1.1.3 (A launching appliance shall not depend on any means other than gravity or stored mechanical power ...) of the LSA Code (SSE). 


Next sessions 

MSC 97 is scheduled from 21 to 25 November 2016 and MSC 98 tentatively from 7 to 16 June 2017. 

Working Groups for MSC 97 

Foreseen: 

  1. goal-based standards; 
  2. maritime security; 
  3. formal safety assessment; and 
  4. consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments.